Resolutions and Campaigns

Here is the shortlist of Resolutions for the NFWI 2022 Annual Meeting. Please make your selection on the slip in the November issue of WI Life and return to your secretary. Remember, your voice counts!

A resolution is a call for change on a current issue in society. Once a resolution has been adopted at the Annual Meeting, the Public Affairs Department turns it into a campaign. Through national and local campaigning, members play a key role in achieving change on important issues.

How a Resolution becomes a Campaign

Stage 1. Between July and September, individual WIs and federations submit their suggestions to NFWI

Stage 2. In early autumn, the submitted resolutions are discussed and debated by federation and representatives from our members. A short list is created for voting.

Stage 3. Between November and February, federations and WIs spend time in meetings discussing the shortlist to decide which resolution they support the most. Each member casts their selection for the resolution they support the most.

Stage 4. The NFWI Board of Trustees reviews the results of the member selections and agrees on the resolutions to go forward to the Annual Meeting. This is usually one resolution, but sometimes more than one is taken forward. These resolutions are then again discussed by each WI to determine how they wish their delegate to vote at the Annual Meeting.

Stage 5. At the Annual Meeting, delegates hear from the resolution proposer, seconder and experts on the topic before they cast votes on behalf of WIs to adopt a resolution. If a resolution is adopted it will go on to form the basis of a WI campaign.

Current Campaigns and link to 100 plus years of campaigning.

Let the Campaigning Begin !

The Women’s Institute have done it again – identified a subject that needs addressing and will be rolling out a campaign to do just that.

By an overwhelming majority, Members across the country have voted to mandate a Resolution to raise awareness of the subtle signs of ovarian cancer.

Ovarian Cancer is the 6th most common cancer in women and one person dies from it every 2 hours. Yet if it is diagnosed early, treatment is possible with a 90% survival rate.

Symptoms are often confused with other conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and GPs may not immediately consider that the patient might have ovarian cancer.

A trial screening programme for this aggressive form of cancer was not successful and women need to be aware of the subtle signs which could mean an early diagnosis.

Women who experience persistent bloating, feeling full quickly and/or loss of appetite, abdominal pain and any unexplained weight loss should go to their GP and explain that they are worried about ovarian cancer.